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How to install Wifi and Bluetooth card to PC

In this tutorial, you will find out how to install a wireless cart to a desktop PC. If you are fed up with using USB wifi sticks, this tutorial is for you.

I do not why but even though I built my PC myself I did not buy a wifi card for it. I thought that I will use a USB network card instead but had a lot of problems with it recently. So finally, one year later, I have decided to upgrade my PC and install a proper, internal wifi card.

To my surprise, it turned out that WiFi cards come these days together with Bluetooth functionality so you can easily sort out two issues at the same time.

This is what I did.

How to upgrade your PC to wifi and Bluetooth card

1. Check if PCIe slot is available and buy WiFi/Bluetooth card

If you have a fairly modern PC, it is almost certain that it will contain at least one empty PCI Express slot and in the first step, you can just buy your card. I have bought Ubit AX/AC WiFi 6 Card Dual Band 2974 Mbps AX200 PCI-E Bluetooth WLAN Network WiFi Card with Bluetooth from Amazon for around £29 but of course there are many types available on the market.

If you look closely at the picture above, you will see the type of connection. It says PCI-Express X1. PCI Express slots can be of different physical configurations: x1, x4, x8, x16, x32. The number after the x tells you how many lanes that PCIe slot has. A PCIe x1 slot has one lane and can move data at one bit per cycle.

As mentioned, if your PC is not too old you should be fine but if your PC is fairly old (over 5-6 years) it is worth checking if any PCI Express slots are available. You can basically, open your PC and have a look. Before you take the side panel from the case, please make sure the power cable is unplugged and the power switch set to0. Be careful, do not touch any components just have a look at the available PCIe slots.

One thing to keep in mind is that you can insert a PCI Express x1 card into a PCI Express x16 slot, all the details informing about correct configuration will be included in the instructions that come with the card.

As mentioned, my PC and motherboard are fairly and I could put the WiFi card into a few different locations. Below the picture of my motherboards with PCIe X1 slots marked.

Asus motherboard

2. Attach the USB cable to the card and make space for the card by removing a small metal piece at the back of your PC

Once your card arrives, read the instruction 🙂 If it is similar to mine, you need to connect USB cable to the card. Technically you can do it later when the card is installed but is easier to do it beforehand.

OK, now again take the precautions, unplug the power cable from your PC, but the power switch to 0, and open the side panel. Depending on your cover, you may remove one or more screws. Again, be careful, do not touch any components, you just want to install the card.

Check where the available PCIe slot is. Also, make sure there is a nearby USB slot to connect your cable.

At the back of your computer, remove a small metal or plastic piece so that the part, where you connect the antenna, can be slightly sticking out of the back of your computer. It is sort of difficult to explain but I am sure you will figure it out.

3. Insert the card, secure, connect USB cable

Now carefully put the card into the slot. It should go fairly easily if it doesn’t, do not force it! Take this out, readjust and try again. Once it goes nicely in, secure the card to the PC by putting a screw.

The last stage is to connect the USB cable to the motherboard. If you look closely, in one of the corners of the cable there is no hole for the pin so it is not possible to connect it to the motherboard incorrectly. Realign the cable so the part without the whole meets the missing pin, and delicately insert it fully.

4. Finish the installation and switch your PC back on

That is all, but the cover back, attach two antennae and switch your computer on.

Once your PC is switched on, right-click the icon of This PC, choose properties and Device manager (alternatively you can press the Windows key and start typing Device manager).

Analyse the devices and check if both Network card and Bluetooth are discovered by your PC. In my case, they were discovered straight away but it may happen that you should install the drivers that came with the card.

PC device manager

Once the drivers have been installed, both cards should work correctly and you can use fast and reliable WiFi and Bluetooth.

I hope this has helped you to install wifi and Bluetooth card to PC. Trust me, I was surprised how easy it was.

In the following days, I will try to make a short YouTube video where I will show you the exact process. As always, please feel free to ask me any questions about this topic.

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How to save iMovie video

In this tutorial, I will show you how to save iMovie mp4 video files.

Believe it or not but this is quite a common question as the iMovie is optimized for uploading files to YouTube and other services and saving them on the computer. But it is fairly easy and similar process no matter what device you use: Mac, iPad or iPhone.

Before we start one word, saving a video and saving iMovie project is not the same thing and in this tutorial, I am talking about saving the file, the end product of editing process, a vide that you can watch.

I will only cover how to save files on Mac but when I have some free time I will add some more information for iPad nad iPhone users. OK, let’s get started.

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How to connect Bluetooth speaker to Mac

Today I have a tutorial that will help you to pair your Mac with a wireless Bluetooth speaker. It is a very simple process that takes only a minute and I’m sure that this information will help a lot of people.

Before we start, quick information about Bluetooth speakers. You need to know that there are usually two modes that the speaker can operate. The first one is for pairing. In other words, in this mode, the wireless Bluetooth speaker can be seen by your Mac or other devices for the first time and secure connection is established and the details of if are stored on your Mac. The second mode is just for connecting the speaker to the Mac, but after the pairing has already taken place.

In other words, you need first to pair two devices for the first time. And then they connect almost automatically.

So even before you start the process, you need to check the speaker’s documentation on how to trigger these two modes. Perhaps it’s not necessary for new devices but there are plenty of wireless speakers that need to follow this procedure. After this short explanation, I can start the actual tutorial.

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How do I change my iPhone lock screen wallpaper?

If you are asking yourself the question How do I change my iPhone lock screen wallpaper? this tutorial is for you 🙂 I will show you how to do it in less than 2 minutes.

Before we start, a short explanation. As you probably know, there are two types of Screen behaviours on the iPhone. They are called Lock Screen and Home Screen and you can have either two separate wallpapers on each screen or have got the same wallpaper on both. You see your Home screen when your iPhone is unlocked when you can tap the icons and use apps. The Locked Screen, as the name suggests, is visible when your iPhone is locked.

In this tutorial, we will focus on changing iPhone lock screen wallpaper but changing home screen is pretty much the same (you use the image and you are asked if you want to set this up as Home Screen, as Lock Screen or as both).

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Lost or forgotten Windows password – how to reset it

In this article you will find out how you can reset Windows 10 password.

A friend of mine brought me his two laptops and told me that he had forgotten Window passwords and if I could help.

After booting both computers I encounter the familiar screen asking to put the password which, of course, I didn’t know. After about an hour I have managed to reset these passwords and unlock both laptops. I thought that there must be quite a few people with this problem and that it is worth to write about it an article.

When you google and try to find a solution to this problem, you are likely to find official Microsoft guide advising using so-called Reset disk. The problem is that the majority of people did not bother to have one so this solution will not work.

But there is a solution in the form of a handy little program called Lazesoft Recover My Password. First, we need to download this program and use it to create a drive. Then, we need to change the BIOS settings of our computer. Finally, we need to reset Windows password. Here are detailed instructions on how to do all these steps 🙂

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